"We are pleased to announce that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled on the appeals that resulted from the trial in Texas. The Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of Desire2Learn across the board and confirmed that all 38 patent claims asserted by Blackboard are invalid."
D2L CEO John Baker proclaimed via Twitter:
"We won our federal circuit appeal! Posted on #Desire2Learn patent blog at http://tinyurl.com/kro8vn Thanks to all of you for your support!!"
This could be the first in a series of victories for D2L in their litigation saga with Blackboard that began in 2006.
The findings from the appeals court apparently will be useful to future patent applications in their construction of "means plus functions" claims.
Self-proclaimed as "The Nation's Leading Patent Law Blog" states:
"Defendant Desire2Learn wins a complete victory (after a few million in attorney fees)."